‘Advanced Emergency Medical Technician’ Definition

The technical definition of an ‘Advanced EMT’ is a qualified emergency responder who has successfully passed a course or study program and achieved a satisfactory grade on the NREMT examination.

A licensed AEMT must have passed the NREMT testing and psychomotor assessment processes and hold relevant certification within their state and according to any requirements of the emergency department or organization they work for. Thorough AEMT test prep is therefore essential to comply with the mandatory criteria within any AEMT job description and progress toward a career in advanced emergency medicine.

What Does an Advanced EMT Do?

AEMTs can work in various settings and organizations but primarily provide advanced emergency medical assistance and transportation. They may treat, assess, and transport patients with critical injuries or illnesses and ensure they receive the necessary life-saving care to stabilize their condition before and during transport to the hospital.

Many AEMTs work within ambulance crews or for emergency departments. They can conduct medical interventions using an array of equipment within an ambulance unit, working alongside EMTs, paramedics, and other medical professionals.

Many candidates studying for NREMT exams consider their long-term career prospects, comparing the pay rates and opportunities as a paramedic versus an AEMT or considering the progression pathways available. In short, a paramedic can cover all the responsibilities and skills provided by other qualified emergency responders but has a more advanced and broader range of knowledge and abilities. 

What Are the Duties and Responsibilities of an AEMT?

The fact that an AEMT may work for different organizations means that their duties and responsibilities will depend on their role. For example, an AEMT could work for a private healthcare provider, within the military, for a commercial employer, within a hospital service, or as part of an air ambulance rescue team.

However, many employers will look for AEMTs who can cover the following requirements:

  • Responding to emergency calls and alerts as part of a response team, administering medical care, and transporting patients to the nearest appropriate clinical facility
  • Performing procedures or administering medications as deemed necessary following an assessment of the patient’s condition or wellbeing
  • Staffing patient transport vehicles, sometimes as the responder tasked with monitoring and providing patient care, as a crew supervisor or secondary crew member alongside a paramedic, or as a driver
  • Documenting medications and procedures, maintaining stocks, cleaning and disinfecting equipment and supplies

In some emergency response environments, AEMTs may be expected to assist in training newly employed EMTs or support newly qualified AEMTs when completing medical clearance processes.

What Experience and Qualifications Does an AEMT Need?

As we have explained, AEMTs may work in diverse settings, and the enrollment criteria may differ depending on the course or study program in question. Alongside passing the NREMT examination, an AEMT will often be expected to hold:

  • A diploma or GED, sometimes meeting a minimum average grade
  • One year or more of experience working as an EMT or within a similar emergency response setting
  • A valid and clean driving license in the state where they expect to work

Legislation can differ between states and organizations, but most emergency response employers will expect AEMTs to have a driver’s license that is in good standing–without any lapses or restrictions on their ability to drive the vehicles used by the service.

AEMTs will also typically need to be able to lift a certain amount of weight to ensure they can safely and competently assist and transport patients unable to walk. That may mean being able to lift one hundred pounds or more!

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